All-Star Baseball 2003
GameCubeIf you love or even like baseball and you own a GameCube then you owe it to yourself to get All-Star Baseball 2003. The audio/visual presentation is about as perfect as it gets and the GC controller is perfectly suited to this sport. There are enough computer assist options to take the edge off the simulation and make it an enjoyable experience for baseball players of all skill levels. For the hardcore players, you will get lost in the Franchise and Expansion modes – just make sure you grab that extra-large memory card before you go up to bat.
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XboxAll hail the king of baseball games for the 2003 season. This title has anything and everything a fan of this sport could ever wish to see in a video version of their beloved pastime.
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GameCubeAcclaim dropped the ball with the GameCube version of All-Star Baseball 2002, but fortunately, the same cannot be said about this year's update. The only aspect that is still suspect is the fielding. The rest of the game has been reworked and tweaked, with extensive additions.
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PlayStation 2Like I said, the fielding is the only aspect that could still use some work. Otherwise, this is as good as digital baseball gets.
GameCubeAll-Star Baseball 2003 is coming up to bat for the GameCube, and just like last year’s version, it’s a league leader. Naturally, you get 30 major league teams and a nice lineup of gameplay modes. Building a franchise, managing your favorite team, and creating players are ably handled. You can even earn points to exchange for packs of Donruss baseball cards.
XboxIf you love or even like baseball and you own an Xbox then you owe it to yourself to get All-Star Baseball 2003. The audio/visual presentation is about as perfect as it gets for a sports game. There are enough computer assist options to take the edge off the simulation and make it an enjoyable experience for baseball players of all skill levels. For the hardcore players, you will get lost in the Franchise and Expansion modes – everyone else will just have a blast playing some good old-fashioned baseball.
XboxGreatest baseball game ever? Indeed. Shocked that it came from Acclaim? Indeed. If they put this kind of effort into other games(especially QB Club), they could return to being a respected company(hey, they were for a couple years there in the 90s).
PlayStation 2Les commandes sont évidentes et, malgré la difficulté assez élevée, on sent rapidement la présence de toutes les plus impressionnantes techniques de ce noble sport qu'est le base-ball. Les graphismes ne sont pas en reste avec des animations très fluides et dynamiques. Les modes de jeu et autres statistiques sont très complets, ce qui comblera les puristes. Quelques grands matchs en perspective.
PlayStation 2ASB is far from perfect, but its successes easily outweigh its deficits. Anyone who purchases this game, rather than waiting for Triple Play or WSB won't be disappointed. I can't beam enough over the Franchise Mode and the great off season menu. The Player Cards are a nice touch and should become a staple of all sports games. Acclaim should be commended for the amount of care they put into this game. Last year High Heat was the champ on PS2, but Acclaim may just take over that title with their latest outing. If you love a good baseball sim and you want to invest some serious time in multiple seasons, this is the game for you.
XboxASB is far from perfect, but its successes easily outweigh its deficits. Anyone who purchases this game, rather than waiting for Triple Play or WSB won't be disappointed. I can't beam enough over the Franchise Mode and the great off season menu. The Player Cards are a nice touch and should become a staple of all sports games. Acclaim should be commended for the amount of care they put into this game. Last year High Heat was the champ on PS2, but Acclaim may just take over that title with their latest outing. If you love a good baseball sim and you want to invest some serious time in multiple seasons, this is the game for you.
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PlayStation 2Yes, Yes, YES. This is how you make a baseball game. The card-buying system is awesome, and the game mechanics are very well done. The only beef I have with the PS2 version is the obnoxiously long loading times. Oh, P.S. The commentary is freaking phenomenal. If you love baseball, you must play ASB 2003.
PlayStation 2Since there are a few gaps left to fill in the PlayStation 2's software library, buying games for the console has finally become a matter of choice vs. necessity. This aesthetic holds true when considering baseball games on the console. With EA's Triple Play 2002, 3DO's High Heat 2003, and Acclaim's All-Star Baseball 2003 all being released so close together, it's difficult to find the real winner. Despite the competition, All-Star Baseball 2003 manages to stake its claim as one of the best baseball simulations available for the PlayStation 2. Its on-field action falls short of the realistic experience supplied by 3DO's latest baseball game, but its wealth of gameplay modes makes it easier to forget its sometimes irritating deficiencies.
PlayStation 2All-Star Baseball 2003 is everything a good baseball title should be, and despite its various little problems here and there, it’s still a good time at the old ballpark. Genuine baseball fans should not miss out on this one.
XboxThe Xbox already has a wealth of sports games available, but baseball has yet to find a home on Microsoft's console. But that has changed with the latest installment in Acclaim's long-running baseball franchise, All-Star Baseball 2003. Once considered the finest baseball simulation available when it was released exclusively for the Nintendo 64, the franchise has slipped in recent years under its multiplatform guise. But with this year's outing, Acclaim has reclaimed the glory that the franchise once held by creating a game that is deeper than the competition in both gameplay and options.
XboxWhile not without its random defects, All-star Baseball 2003 is an impressive baseball game. Smooth graphics and a slew of modes and features make this a game Xbox baseball fans won't want to miss.
GameCubeOverall, All-Star Baseball 2003 is a well rounded simulation baseball game with the tough hitting, slow response to base running and lots of modes to explore. Franchise Mode and Expansion Mode alone, will keep hardcore baseball players busy for months. The only major problem is having to go out and buying a third party memory card if you don't already own one, inorder to be able to save Franchise and Expansion Mode. Every baseball fan looking for a well-rounded baseball game should go out and pick this up.
PlayStation 2If you love baseball and want the most realistic baseball simulation available for the PS2 then you owe it to yourself to get All-Star Baseball 2003. The audio/visual presentation is excellent the player controller is tuned to near perfection. There are enough computer assist options to take the edge off the simulation and make it an enjoyable experience for baseball players of all skill levels. For the hardcore players, you will get lost in the Franchise and Expansion modes, and everyone else can enjoy the occassional romp around the diamond.
GameCubeAcclaim's All-Star Baseball titles are widely considered some of the best videogame takes on the sport available. Developed out of Austin, Texas, the series has over the years successfully mixed simulation gameplay mechanics, from a downright tough to master batting system to the usage of the full MLB license for real teams, players and statistics, with a dedicated attention to detail. The next-generation updates, starting with All-Star Baseball 2002 have grown considerably more beautiful than previous versions, with more robust player models, more animations, more clearly defined fields and stadiums, and more.
GameCubeBy the boatload, All-Star Baseball 2003 is jam-packed with more gameplay options this season, better graphics, and a few extra special surprises for just about any hardcore baseball fan out there looking to really get into the game. Given the fact that it also handles up to 4 player support, there's no rhyme or reason that you shouldn't want to give the latest All-Star game a test drive, especially since this game will last you until the next one arrives.
Game Boy AdvanceAll Star Baseball 2003 ist für den American Sports Fan ein muss! Überragende Features, original Lizenz und gutes Gameplay sprechen für sich. Auch die Traidingcardfunktion gibt einen weiteren Anreiz. Sogar der deutsche Sport-Fan unter euch kann nach nach ein paar Anfangsschwierigkeiten ein gutes Spiel bewundern.
PlayStation 2Well, for those of you who simply skip to the closing comments to find my lasting thoughts, here you have it. All-Star Baseball 2003 is a very well done game. It has numerous features that will keep gamers playing for months. As for the gameplay, it is rather solid with slight downfalls attributed to player lag and control issues. If you are trying to decide between ASB2003 and HH2003, I would recommend renting both and deciding for yourself. Both offer very enjoyable baseball simulations and are quite entertaining to play.
Game Boy AdvanceThis is a challenging game with excellent graphics, sound and options. Players who haven’t jumped into the baseball mode before may want to try a different game, but if you are looking for a game that will push your abilities, this is one you will want to try out.
XboxThey say the hardest task in all of sports is to hit a baseball. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in sports video games is to make a realistic baseball game that is also fun to play. Acclaim looks to do just that with All-Star Baseball 2003. While the original ASB on N64 is considered a classic game by many gamers, later installments have failed to live up to expectations.
GameCubeAll Star Baseball 2003 is a must have game for any baseball fan. Just beware-- you may become addicted and it will never let you go!
GameCubeAcclaim's All-Star Baseball franchise was once considered the most realistic and best-playing baseball simulation on the market. But that was when the game was released for just one system each year and Acclaim's Austin team was able to baby it through development and make sure that every last detail was just right. Since the franchise has been available for multiple systems, it hasn't fared quite as well. All-Star Baseball 2002 was released just last November, and now four months later the next installment is already complete. But instead of being a rushed port of last year's game, All-Star Baseball 2003 is what last year's game would have become if it hadn't been rushed out the door to make the GameCube's launch.
Game Boy AdvanceOf all the sports games on the Game Boy Advance, the baseball genre is the most crowded, with 3DO, Sega, and Acclaim vying for your hardball dollar. All-Star Baseball 2003 is a solid, enjoyable effort that has its own quirks and gaping flaws...it definitely has room for improvement, but its foundation is strong enough for Creation's team to build the next year's version upon. Sega's Baseball Advance is this season's victor, but Acclaim's game comes in a near second.
GameCubeAs with any sports title you're bound to find bugs or other issues. For ASB 2003 its questionable baserunning AI, lack of tuning options, and some fielding issues. However, the points system which allows you to collect cards as well as the trivia game are both positive features of the game.
XboxThis is only one of the options available in Acclaim Sports All-Star Baseball 2003 Featuring Derek Jeter for the Xbox. Acclaim’s motto is “Where the Stars Play,” and that is certainly evident in this release. Not only are all the Major League Baseball players rendered here, but the Cooperstown Legends bring some of the most memorable players of the recent past back to the field.
Game Boy AdvanceAcclaim's All-Star Baseball 2003 is a contender for the title of most entertaining baseball game on any of the major consoles, and the new Game Boy Advance version is even better in some ways. Although the game does feature some annoying faults, it boasts impressive graphics, audio, and gameplay in a tight package that most baseball fans will enjoy.
PlayStation 2The more control is amplified by the presence of more than a few animation glitches. Collision detection is the worst offender as players will walk right through each other, standing directly on a catch circle will sometimes result in the ball flying right through your body, and standing right on top of a loose ball and not being able to pick it up. These glitches don't happen often enough to be a real distraction, but at an average of one a game, they're bad enough you'll notice. Worst of these glitches though is the tag detection. Tags that happen several feet ahead of the runner and will end in out calls. This glitch happens so often it makes me wonder if Acclaim even play tested this game.
GameCubeWhile this program does provide a better-than-usual baseball experience, some of the details are missing or neglected. Being a baseball aficionado, this game was better than most platform games played, but less that hoped for.
Game Boy AdvanceIn the eyes of some baseball fans, All-Star Baseball may have what they’ve been looking for. It does feature a bunch of modes, multiplayer support, extras, a cool pitcher/batter interface and some detailed graphics. However, to the many others out there, next year may bring more of the All-Star caliber performance we are used to as 2003 is only the foundation of what developer can produce. For those who just can’t wait though, the many options and battery saved stats found in the game should last most to the end of the baseball season or at least until the All-Star game.
GameCubeThere is something inherently cool about playing a game where the announcers recall events of last year's World Series. Admittedly, it helps when one of two teams in last season's final seven games, the Arizona Diamondbacks, are well represented, albeit it's the announcers in the broadcast booth. Thom Brennaman, the Diamondbacks announcer joins franchise manager Bob Brenley, and ex-MLB player Steve Lyons rounds out the coverage.
PlayStation 2In the end, what we have here is an exceptional baseball title that improves upon last year's version in almost every way imaginable. It looks great and it plays a spirited game of baseball. And while I still give the nod to High Heat MLB 2003 as this year's best overall PS2 baseball game, the fact that All-Star Baseball 2003 makes it a close contest says volumes. As usual, it really comes down to your own personal taste. If game-play realism is your priority (as it is mine), then you're better off stickin' with High Heat.However, All-Star Baseball 2003, which features some of the best baseball graphics the console world has ever seen, offers decent game play, reasonable AI, and a robust Franchise Mode. If nothing else, give it a rent and get ready to play ball.
PlayStation 2Le risque avec un jeu trop ciblé, c'est qu'il ne trouve pas son public. Clairement réservé à un public averti voilà un jeu qui ne va sûrement pas se vendre à des millions d'exemplaires dans nos belles contrées. Asb est beaucoup trop pointu et à mon avis cela est regrettable. Entendons-nous bien, je ne lui reproche pas d'être pro, mais de ne pas disposer d'un vrai tutorial ou d'une autre méthode permettant aux néophytes d'apprendre. Certains jeux de golf y arrivent bien, alors pourquoi pas lui. Cet excès de snobisme de la part d'Acclaim ainsi qu'une réalisation et un fun assez moyen me poussent à mettre une note que les puristes vont peut-être me reprocher. Si vous en êtes, pardonnez-moi et élevez vous-même la note.
XboxIn the end despite its problems, All Star Baseball 2003 stands as a solid effort from Acclaim. While the atmosphere might not be all there and while the hitting might prove to be intimidating, those who learn to master the nuances of the game will be in for an enjoyable baseball experience.
PlayStation 2If you think that baseball is simply a glorified version of rounders, then this game's not for you. For hardened baseball freaks though, the improved AI, super-slinky player animation and hundreds of player cards to collect, should make All-Star Baseball 2003 stiffen your bat. However, CVG can't help but think that compared to other sports, baseball doesn't work as well as a videogame, especially in the UK. At its most basic it just comes down to pressing one button at the right time. Oh well.
XboxTo even go near this game, a healthy interest in baseball is essential. If, like most Australians, you find baseball quaint and mildly amusing, it is sure to bore you out of your wits. Play seems straightforward at first, and whether you're batting or fielding, everything is seen from the catcher's view. Getting used to controlling a whole team at once is quite tricky, but fortunately the game seems to do most of this for you. Apparently the developers made 3D facial cyberscans of all players in the American major leagues, but without knowing who the players are anyway, we can only take their word for it.